<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/knights_corner_chip.jpg” alt=”” width=”99″ height=”78″ />Intel has released a partial software stack for Knights Corner, the company’s first commercial chip based on its Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture. Also released were a number of documents describing the processor’s micro-architecture, including the Knights Corner Instruction Set (ISA) Manual, which will help toolmakers and application developers build software for the upcoming chip.
Microsoft Windows Azure will be adding the ability for end users to create virtual machines with Linux images.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/exludus_logo.jpg” alt=”” width=”139″ height=”32″ />The advent of multicore servers presents something of a challenge for application virtualization. This is especially true in the realm of high performance computing, an environment that has never been particularly friendly to virtualization. To overcome these hurdles, eXludus Technologies has introduced “micro-virtualization,” a technology that brings virtualization down to the level of the core, and does so with minimal overhead.
A recent question about what to do with a new cluster generated a wealth of information from HPC users.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover Bull’s third petascale computing contract; IBM’s new POWER7 servers, the first hybrid spintronics computer chips, Bull and Whamcloud’s beefed-up Lustre support; and Tilera’s latest manycore development tools.
IBM takes its Jeopardy-winning supercomputing technology on the road.
A survey-based report from The Linux Foundation and Yeoman Technology Group that was released looked at the growth of Linux in the large-scale enterprise space. It also shed some light on possible trends related to the role of cloud computing–and the role of Linux as an OS in a virtualized environment.
Lustre, the much-beloved open-source file system technology used by many of the top supercomputers in the world, has a new friend. Actually a whole new company. Whamcloud, a venture-funded startup based in upscale Danville, California, came out of hiding on Wednesday and announced its intentions to help carry the Lustre torch forward on Linux.